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`Greed has eroded ethics and values from life'

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D. Janaki, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikkanal, delivers the inaugural address at the inauguration of UGC-sponsored seminar on `Ethics and Human Values - An Imperative for Modern Society' at the Vellalar College for Women, Erode, on Wednesday. PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
D. Janaki, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikkanal, delivers the inaugural address at the inauguration of UGC-sponsored seminar on `Ethics and Human Values - An Imperative for Modern Society' at the Vellalar College for Women, Erode, on Wednesday. PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Staff Reporter

ERODE: Greed to have as much as possible in shortest possible time has eroded ethics and values from life in today's generation, D. Janaki, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa University, Kodaikkanal, has said.

Addressing students of history at the inauguration of a two-day UGC-sponsored conference on `Ethics and Human Values - An Imperative for Modern Society' at the Vellalar College for Women on Wednesday, she said, "Ambition to achieve too much in too little time has made today's man seemingly less principled than his ancestors." "We have convinced ourselves that money is the solution to all our problems," she said and added that in the run for money people comprised ethics and values.

On the subjectivity of values, she said values might be defined and interpreted differently but values per se were universally accepted. "If values were so subjective, how could have Mother Teresa commanded such universal reverence," she asked and went on to add, "How values are defined, interpreted and applied in real life can be debated but not their intrinsic correctness which is universally accepted."

On inculcation of values to children, Dr. Janaki lamented that in today's fast world parents hardly found time to spend time with their children, and if at all they did it was to guide them in homework and other things but not inculcate values. "If parents do not find time, which is spent most often in front of television, who is to teach values to children?" "Children are sensitive and recognise uncertainty and confusion in parents' value system, and can become disenchanted with following the rules when they find that their parents' deeds do not match their words."

The Vice-Chancellor said that the real asset of a nation was not its natural resources but people with right values. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, College Principal, Chandra Thangavel, said values played an important role in Indian society.Secretary and Correspondent, S.D. Chandrasekar, urged the students to lead life with ethics and values. Head of Department of History, R. Ganga, proposed a vote of thanks.

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